The Healthcare Documentation Specialist Program is a three-semester certificate program. Classes may also be scheduled to provide opportunity to complete the program in 9 months if certain conditions are met and with the permission of the Program Director. Graduates of this program are prepared to transcribe and edit speech-generated medical reports dictated by physicians. They may also learn to perform the duties of a medical scribe. Medical transcriptionists, speech recognition editors, and medical scribes may work in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and transcription services. Graduates are eligible to take the AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity) RHDS certification examination. The program is approved by the ACCP (Approval Committee for Certificate Programs). The ACCP Committee operates under the authority of the AHDI National Leadership Board.
Traditional classes are taught at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus. All courses are also available online. Enrollment is limited.
Note: Students may not register for discipline-specific courses until their major has been changed by the Allied Health Sciences/Nursing Admissions Advisor.
Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee Residents.
Program Application and Deadline
June 15. Late applicants may be considered on a space-available basis.
Students will be notified electronically via RaiderNet email of acceptance to the Healthcare Documentation Specialist program. Students must acknowledge their acceptance via reply email by the designated response date stated in the acceptance email.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and drug screening may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in the Medical Transcription Program. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the Medical Transcription Program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.
Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.
Students will be required, during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of the affiliating agencies. Students are responsible for cost incurred from injury or illness while in the Medical Transcription Program.
Students’ grades will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the Program Director. A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from the program:
The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and the office of the Dean of Student Services and Multicultural Affairs.
A student must request readmission after a grade of “D” or “F” is received in a core course or after withdrawal from the program at any time during the semester.
A student may be considered for readmission to the program if all of the following criteria are met:
|1st Fall||Hours||Term Taken||Grade|
|HCDS||1302||Medical Terminology I||3|
|HCDS||1303||Anatomy Concepts in Healthcare Documentation||3|
|HCDS||1504||Healthcare Documentation Specialist I||5|
|HCDS||1305||Healthcare Documentation Specialist Procedures||3|
|HCDS||1210||Technology Concepts in Healthcare Documentation I||2|
|Sept||Complete Application for Graduation|
|Nov||Register for Spring and Summer terms|
|HCDS||1511||Healthcare Documentation Specialist II||5|
|HCDS||1218||Technology Concepts in Healthcare Documentation II||2|
|HCDS||1320||Medical Terminology II||3|
|HCDS||1325||Pharmacology Concepts in Healthcare Documentation||3|
|Mar||Turn in Graduation Participation Form|
|April||Begin job search using RaiderRecruit|
|TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS||32|
|HCDS||1350||Special Topics in Healthcare Documentation1 (Optional)||2-5|
1HCDS 1350 is optional unless the total number of minutes transcribed is less than 2100 upon completion.
Students pursuing this certificate will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division. Students wishing to pursue an A.A.S. Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Medical Transcription should contact their advisor. A certain number of credit hours in each program must be completed in order to meet the graduation residency requirement. Contact your advisor for the requirement of your program.